Federal resources ready, Obama tells Oklahoma governor
President Obama speaks with Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma on Monday, May 20, 2013.
May 20th, 2013
07:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Federal resources ready, Obama tells Oklahoma governor

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama told Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Monday the resources of the federal government stand ready to assist her state as it recovers from a devastating set of storms that pounded an area near Oklahoma City Monday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed an incident team to the state, Obama told Fallin, and more federal resources are on standby as the extent of the damage becomes clearer.

“The people of Oklahoma are in his and the First Lady’s thoughts and prayers and, while his team will continue to keep him updated, he urged her to be in touch directly if there were additional resources the Administration could provide,” the White House said.

Earlier, an official said Obama and members of his administration are "closely monitoring" the storms that hit the town of Moore, leaving widespread damage.

Lisa Monaco, the president's security and counterterrorism adviser, notified Obama of the storm, according to a White House official. The official said he was continuing to receive updates as more information is derived from on-the-ground reports.

Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary, spoke with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin by telephone to ensure the state's needs were being met, and to "make clear that at the President's direction the Administration and FEMA stand ready to provide all available assistance in response to the severe weather," the White House official said.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. PaulCat

    Do you think they may need help from the Federal Government ???????

    Sooner or later all of them will realize how stupid they have been when they say the "government" is too big.

    Maybe they should have used their guns on this tornado to protect their homes and their 2nd amendment rights. Sounds stupid, right. (Point Made)

    May 20, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Larry L

    The President is exactly the sort of leader I'd want to monitor a crisis if my community needed help. He cares about all Americans.

    May 20, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. Name

    Translation= obamas watching t.v.

    May 20, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. PJ

    "....make clear that at the President's direction the Administration and FEMA stand ready to provide all available
    Government when we need them, on the job and caring. Right? Republican/Teas, take notice. People need
    help, and help costs money. As we have seen, storm after storm, they can't do it alone and we are
    happy to help. You never know...................

    May 20, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Bill

    I assume that means the pres is watching CNN. Isn't that where he learns about bad things?

    May 20, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Tully

    As usual the president checking on it. He needs all the facts before you can make an informed decision as to what to do. He's still in the investigative stage of the tornado destruction. But I'm sure it'll stand behind all the good people of Oklahoma, and make sure they get everything they need. Oklahomans won't be forgotten by Pres. Obama, that's his promise

    May 20, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Debbie

    And where are Senators Colburn/Inhofe and all GOP House Reps from Oklahoma who voted NO for aid to Hurricane Sandy Victims? Oklahoma is number two in FEMA aid. I pray for the people of Oklahoma and a fast rescue and I hope the people of Oklahoma realize that FEMA has been there for them, while their leadership votes no for other rescue victims.

    May 20, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. James

    Obama and team monitoring the Oklahoma Storm???–That's really re-assuring-LOL

    May 20, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. jinx9to88

    Did the Oklahoma governor vote to dismantle FEMA? Just wondering.

    May 20, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. emskadittle

    what? doesn't congress have find a way to pay for the assistance first?

    May 20, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Anthony in California

    Ok Republicans.. start complaining about FEMA, Federal spending, and the President leading from behind... ready, set. go!

    May 20, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. sean

    Isnt this what insurance is for?

    May 20, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Pete

    My thoughts, prayers and condolences to the people of Moore Oklahoma and surrounding areas hit by this horrendous tornado today..It's a shame with todays technology and satellite info advancements that more could be done but its just mother nature telling us she's still in control..Again my thoughts, prayers and condolences to all Oklahomans where ever you are...

    May 20, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. truthandnothinbutthetruth

    Breaking News! Republicans blame Obama for Tornado and demand Senate hearings!

    May 20, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Zerubbabel

    All prayers to those lost and affected, may the Lord cover them. Thank God for a govt that can assist its citizens in times of disaster such as these. I wonder how the small govt advocate Gov Fallon feels about big govt now? I wonder if the repubs will obstruct relief aid to a red state as they did for the victims of superstorm Sandy?

    May 20, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Ed1

    Wow that took a lot of guts Mr. President to make that promise.

    May 20, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. anonoymous

    As a Kansas resident and an american my thoughts and prayers go out to all effected by these toranadoes and storms.....God's speed to them all!

    May 20, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. chief pushetonequa

    Obamas moving faster than bush ever did.new Orleans is still waiting for bushes help.lol.just saying facts.

    May 20, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. anita milton

    reading this has broken my heart im a mother of at 18 month old and it kills me to think this could happen im keepin all the families in my prayers and hope they find their loved ones god bless

    May 20, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Thomas

    He is a good President !

    May 20, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Dan

    Tea Partiers in OK said screw FEMA. The conservative thing to do here would be to say tough, you didn't want to pay for FEMA so looks like you don't need FEMA. It's amazing the percentage of federal aid sucked up by red states for how little they put in to it in comparison

    May 20, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Gt

    Pray for the famlirs

    May 20, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Wait a minute! According to Libertarians like Rand Paul, these folks shouldn't be getting any federal tax payer assistance! (Or if you're Eric Cantor, we should hold up relief until those affected states agree to cuts in other monies they get from the feds.) These so-called "victims" choose to live in these areas; why should us taxpayers subsidize their folly? Life is full of taking chances – and when things don't work out, that's your tough luck. To help these folks only enables their bad behavior, which goes against our Founders ideals of self-reliance.

    Lastly, letting these people lose everything will free up their property and houses so investors can come in, renovate and rent those dwellings back to the former owners. That's what the free market is intended to do – and we'll all be OK with it, because anything less is socialism.

    May 20, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    I have never thought this ugly about ANY tragedy but the way republicans/TPers have acted toward this president and this country, I really could care less about ANY person who voted republican from this state. While millions of people need jobs and healthcare, all republicans want to do is continue to punish the American people, because we chose intelligence (Obama) over stupidity (Willard). Want more proof – just watch the politics in FULL action as the head drunk rushes to aide his buddies in red Oklahoma. These creeps are beyond nasty and cruel and I can't wait to oust them ALL out in 2014.

    May 20, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  25. DumbDumbDumbDem&RepVoters

    Don't worry he got permission from the federal reserve first.

    May 20, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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